Rhizoma Paridis


Rhizome of Paris polyphylla Smith, family Liliaceae.

The crude drug is long-linear or rounded and slightly flat, somewhat curved, 5-12 cm long 1.5-3.0 cm in diameter. The nodes of the rhizome obviously protruded, on which there are concave rounded stem scars, and fibrous root traces beneath the node. Surface grey-brown, section yellow-white, farinaceous. Bitter in taste, slightly cold in nature, mildly toxic, and attributive to liver channel.

1. Clear away heat and toxic material: Mostly for sorethroat, skin infection, snake bite, insect bite, etc., also for febrile diseases with intense heat-toxic or convulsion.
2. Alleviate cough and dyspnea: For cough and dyspnea of heat type.
3. Expel wind to relieve spasm: For convulsion due to high fever, especially for infantile convulsion.
4. Remove blood stasis, alleviate pain and stop bleeding: For ecchymosis and bleeding resulting from trauma.

Pharmacological Action
1. Virustatic, esp. on Asia influenza A virus, and bacteriostatic.
2. Antitussive and antiasthmatic.
3. An active component, pariphyflin, exerts a sedative effect on mice and is synergistic with pentobarbital sodium.
4. Pariphyllin inhibits uterocervical carcinoma14 in mice.

Administration Decoction: 6-12g.


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